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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Driver hit parked cars, opened fire and manhandled officers: Police

A man is facing a list of charges after he allegedly rammed a vehicle and fled, fired a gun at police and scuffled with officers in an attempt to catch him in a Toronto parking garage on Saturday morning .

Police said they were called to reports of a motorist colliding with other vehicles at 7:52 a.m. in the area of ​​Hilton and St. Clair Avenues, east of Bathurst Street.

The driver fled the spot after the collision and the police later found him in the underground parking garage.

Police allege that the driver took out a pistol and opened fire on the officers.

Police said he was also able to take one of the officer’s powered energy weapons during the conflict.

The officers were eventually able to arrest the man with the help of a civilian.

Two officers suffered minor injuries in the struggle to nab him. He was treated on the spot and released.

TPS chief James Ramer praised officers for making safe arrests despite the “unstable situation”.

A gun was reportedly found at the scene.

Toronto police said Michael Katz, 35, of Toronto is now facing multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of intentional release of a firearm, two counts of a peace officer with a weapon, a peace officer. To disarm, restrict or contain. Prohibited firearm with ammunition, Carrying concealed weapon, Possession of a firearm at unauthorized place contrary to licence, Failed to stop at the scene of accident and Driving of vehicle impaired to any extent by BAC or Drug.

He is due to appear in the court through video link on December 26.

Eastbound St. Clair Avenue was closed along the northbound lane of Bathurst Street to allow for investigation.

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